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You can write a memoir
Hauser, Susan, 1942-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cincinnati : Writer's Digest Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
184 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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CT25 .H38 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Passionately encouraging readers to reclaim the precious moments of their personal histories, Hauser shows readers how to transform them into intimate, compelling narratives. Using inspired samples from her own work, as well as essays by her students, she illuminates the process of finding and conveying meaning in both their own life and the lives of their friends and families.Readers will create their own memoir as they work through the exercises in each chapter, learning along the way how to:* use details to tell stories vividly* use sensory images to express feelings and beliefs* uncover the values and meanings expressed in their stories* find perspective by framing thoughts and feelings at different life stages* trust the images and moments that come to them in memory.

Author Notes

Susan Carol Hauser's books include "Wild Rice Cooking," "Nature's Revenge: The Secrets of Poison Ivy, Oak, & Sumac" & "Sugartime." She is a commentator on National Public Radio & teaches writing at Bemidji State University. She lives in Puposky, Minnesota.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Writing a Memoirp. 1
Chapter 2 Writing About Childhood, Writing From Mementosp. 7
Chapter 3 Writing About Adolescence and Other Life Changesp. 22
Chapter 4 Writing About Adult Lifep. 36
Chapter 5 Interviews and Researchp. 51
Chapter 6 Discovering Values in Your Writingp. 64
Chapter 7 Facing the Blank Pagep. 77
Chapter 8 Revising Your Manuscriptp. 87
Chapter 9 Editing Your Manuscriptp. 100
Chapter 10 Helping Others Write Their Storiesp. 112
Chapter 11 Publishing Your Memoirp. 128
Afterwordp. 144
Memoir Readerp. 147
Indexp. 182